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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Ophelia’s Song

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “Hamlet,” Act IV. Scene 5

HOW should I your true love know

From another one?

By his cockle hat and staff,

And his sandal shoon.

He is dead and gone, lady,

He is dead and gone;

At his head a grass-green turf,

At his heels a stone.

White his shroud as the mountain snow,

Larded with sweet flowers,

Which bewept to the grave did go

With true-love showers.